BART fares to and from SFO include a $4.25 per trip Airport surcharge (as of October 2015). The fare is too high for daily commuting.
That’s why SFO proposed to BART that they eliminate the surcharge for Airport-badged employees (except airline employees that have their own discount). SFO pledged to cover any resulting BART revenue losses. BART agreed, and the resulting fare reduction was so successful that Airport employee ridership on BART more than doubled, with BART revenue growth not far behind. No Airport financial support was necessary.
You can join the relaxed employees that commute affordably on BART, leaving the driving to someone else. For example, if you travel from Civic Center to SFO, the public fare is currently $8.65 each way. The SFO employee fare, after the Airport surcharge is removed, is just $4.40 each way. But there’s more. BART kicks in a 6.67% bonus each time your BART SFO Discount Card is charged, so your out-of-pocket cost drops to $4.13, less than half the public fare.
SFO and tenant employees and volunteers – except airline employees - with an SFO issued security badge, regardless of level of access.
You are not eligible if you don’t have an SFO-issued security badge (some rental car company, catering, and other non-terminal employees may be in this category).
Airline employees are covered under a different BART discount plan. Please contact your company’s HR office as described at the end of this document.
All participants will receive a physical discount card from BART with a copy of their picture from their SFO badge. The picture will be copied from the SFO badge database as part of the registration process. You’ll use the BART SFO Discount Card to activate the BART fare gates, instead of a Clipper Card or paper fare card.
You’ll have to link a credit or debit card to participate in the program, as follows:
City and County of San Francisco employees can link a Wage Works payroll deduction Visa card. If you work for an Airport tenant, check with your HR department to see if a similar program is offered.
Then, take advantage of a BART bonus. Whenever the balance on your BART Discount Card drops below $10, BART will charge $45 to your credit or debit card. Each time, they’ll add $3 so you get $48 in fare value. Also, your travel between SFO and Millbrae (Caltrain connection) is completely free once the initial $45 has been charged to your account. That value can be used to travel between other BART stations, or refunded when you leave Airport employment or choose to stop commuting on BART.
There is a one-time additional $20 setup fee for the BART SFO Discount Card, which will pay for itself in no time.
For eligible Airport Commission and non-Airline employees, you will need the following to sign-up:
Follow these steps:
Contact your supervisor or Human Resources liaison to sign up for the Airline version of the SFO BART Discount Card.
If your airline does not participate in the program, your HR liaison or manager needs to contact the following BART liaison:
Mr. Sreenivasan Chandrakumar
Manager, Credit and Debit Fare Programs
300 Lakeside Drive, 22nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612